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US NewsPriti Patel: Use threats of food shortages to force Ireland to drop Brexit backstop

18:15  07 december  2018
18:15  07 december  2018 Source:   inews.co.uk

Priti Patel: Use threats of food shortages to force Ireland to drop Brexit backstop

Priti Patel: Use threats of food shortages to force Ireland to drop Brexit backstop Priti Patel: Use threats of food shortages to force Ireland to drop Brexit backstop

If a backstop only applied to Northern Ireland , then the customs and regulatory border would essentially be drawn down the middle of the Irish Sea. He said the backstop would only kick in if there was no better solution by the end of the transition period in 2020 and is "not meant to be used ".

LONDON — Trucks parked along freeways or stuck in gridlocked ports. Food disappearing from supermarket shelves and stocks of medicines under strain. The military on standby, ready to step in to avert crisis.

Priti Patel: Use threats of food shortages to force Ireland to drop Brexit backstop © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Downing Street should use the threat of food shortages in Ireland to pressure the country’s leaders to drop its demands for a Brexit “backstop” arrangement, a former Cabinet member has said.

Ireland faces the prospect of taking a bigger economic hit than the UK should there be a disorderly withdrawal from the European Union.

According to the documents, Ireland could see a 7 per cent drop in GDP under a no deal Brexit, whereas the UK would suffer a 5 per cent drop.

Press it home

The country also sees 80 per cent of its road freight from the EU pass through the UK, meaning any extra border checks “would cause challenges”.

'Propaganda' - Government dismisses reports Ireland faces food shortages and a bigger economic hit than Britain

'Propaganda' - Government dismisses reports Ireland faces food shortages and a bigger economic hit than Britain 'Propaganda' - Government dismisses reports Ireland faces food shortages and a bigger economic hit than Britain

The whole of the UK could remain in the customs union for a time after transition in order to prevent a hard border in Ireland .

Food shortages ? Grounded flights? These could be the consequences of a messy Brexit . Would a messy Brexit cause food shortages ? Or planes to be grounded? It's also unclear if they'll be able to move staff between the European Union and the United Kingdom, or be forced to pay new taxes.

Perishable goods, such as food supplies, would be particularly badly affected, the papers state.

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The details have been seized on by arch-Brexiteers, who believe Theresa May should be using the warnings as leverage against the Irish to scrap its demands to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.

“This paper appears to show the government were well aware Ireland will face significant issues in a no-deal scenario,” Priti Patel, who was International Development Secretary until last year, told the Times.

Priti Patel: Use threats of food shortages to force Ireland to drop Brexit backstop © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Political cartoon from the 1880s

“Why hasn’t this point been pressed home during the negotiations? There is still time to go back to Brussels and get a better deal.”

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Priti Sushil Patel (born 29 March 1972) is a British politician who served as Secretary of State for International Development from 2016 until 2017, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP)

The “backstop” has been written into the Withdrawal Agreement and acts as an insurance policy to prevent a hard border returning should Brussels and London fail to secure a future trade deal.

According to the briefing papers, Ireland would suffer more from a no deal Brexit as it heavily dependent on the UK for trade, with the Britain and Northern Ireland accounting for 13.1 per cent of Irish exports and 29.1 per cent of imports.

Ms Patel’s call for Number 10 to use the details as a threat against the UK’s closest neighbour was condemned.

Morally reprehensible

Lisa Nandy, a Labour MP, said: “Threatening Ireland in this way is as morally reprehensible as it is futile. Britain should be showing itself to be a dependable neighbour and friend in the future, and it is frightening that Brexiteers are even contemplating a move which could see stopping trade, including food supplies, being weaponised in this way, particularly given the uncomfortable historical echoes.”

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The EU wants the backstop to affect only Northern Ireland . Even though the aim is for it to never come into force , Theresa May has ruled out the idea of separate customs arrangements for May has tried to argue that the backstop could apply to the whole of the UK, but this angers Conservative MPs

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson added on Twitter: “This is an insult to all the people of Ireland. It displays ignorance to history and a political insensitivity that is unworthy of an MP. She should retract and apologise.”

This is an insult to all the people of Ireland. It displays ignorance to history and a political insensitivity that is unworthy of an MP. She should retract and apologise. https://t.co/797ec1bHp1

— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) December 7, 2018

Others pointed out the historical significance of threatening to use food shortages against the Irish. Decisions by the ruling British government during the time of the Great Famine in the mid-19th century resulted in the death of 1m people and the emigration of a 1m more.

The country’s population has still not returned to the levels before 1845.

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